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Saint Mary’s College

Saint Mary's College of California is a private, coeducational college located in Moraga, California, United States, a small suburban community about 10 miles east of Oakland and 20 miles east of San Francisco.


133 LeMans Hall
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St. Mary's College began in 1863 as a diocesan college for boys established by Most Rev. Joseph Alemany, OP. Alemany, who in 1840 completed his studies in sacred theology in Rome at the College of St. Thomas, the future Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum, was consecrated Bishop of Monterey in California on June 30, 1850 at Rome, and was transferred July 29, 1853, to the See of San Francisco as its first archbishop. Unhappy with the archdiocese's operation of the college, Archbishop Alemany applied for assistance from Rome and St. Mary's College was handed over to the De La Salle Christian Brothers in 1868. In 1889, the college moved east across San Francisco Bay to Oakland, California. The location on the corner of 30th and Broadway became affectionately known as "The Brickpile" and Saint Mary's College would call Oakland home until 1928, when it moved further eastward to Moraga after a fire severely damaged the Brickpile. The Oakland site is California Historical Landmark #676 and is marked by a commemorative plaque. The former San Francisco site is now the site of the St. Mary's Park neighborhood. During its first years in Moraga, the college nearly went bankrupt, but eventually managed to gain financial security when it was bought by Archbishop John Joseph Mitty, for whom a residence hall is now named. During World War II the college was used by the United States Navy for the training of pilots. Gerald Ford was briefly stationed at the school and served as a naval instructor.] The navy erected many buildings, including the world's largest indoor pool, but only one, Assumption Hall, remains on the campus as the school had little use for most of the buildings after the war. Saint Mary's continued to be a male-only school until 1970, when it became coeducational. Since then, more women have come to the college and by 2011, 62% of the students were women. There are still roughly two dozen Christian Brothers living and working at the school, and the school presidents have always been brothers. However, recognizing the dwindling number of Christian Brothers, in 2003 the college's bylaws were changed to allow the election of a non-Christian Brother to the presidency if no qualified Brother exists or steps forward. James A. Donahue, a committed and engaged Roman Catholic, became the first nonreligious to serve as president in the 150-year history of Saint Mary�s on July 1, 2013

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�For the Dignity of Work and the Worker� The John F. Henning Institute is founded on the conviction that authentic philosophical discourse and scholarship are essential to the practical development of the common good. The Institute seeks to contribute to that discourse and scholarship by promoting the scholarly exploration of Catholic Social Thought, as it is developed in the Papal Encyclicals from Rerum Novarum to present. The Institute directs its efforts to all aspects of Catholic Social Thought, and promotes discourse between scholars and practitioners in labor relations, business, science and technology, the arts, the communications media, higher education, and other areas. The Institute is particularly attentive in all connections to the transcendent dignity of the human person and to the centrality of human work in the realization of the common good. The Institute is inspired in its orientation and its efforts by the life and work of John F. Henning. As labor leader, diplomat, statesman, educator and family man, John F. Henning has passionately pursued the common good in light of the principles of Catholic Social Thought. He is a forceful advocate in the world of affairs who has always remembered that civil discourse at the level of first principles can transcend political and ideological differences to the benefit of all. The John F. Henning Institute seeks to fulfill its mission in the following ways: Encouraging and presenting scholarship in Catholic Social Thought through lectures, conferences and publications; Facilitating a dialogue between scholars of Catholic social teaching and practitioners in labor, management, law, public policy, communications, higher education, and allied areas; Exploring the relationship between the heritage of Saint John Baptist de la Salle and Catholic Social Thought; and Establishing Saint Mary�s College of California as a center for Catholic Social Thought.



Some of Saint Mary's notable alumni are as follows: the two numbers after their name are the last two digits of the year that they graduated or will graduate (within the last 100 years unless otherwise noted). Diamon Simpson Mark Teahen Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, '96, actor, nominated for 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award "Outstanding Performance by a Cast" for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Joseph Alioto '37, (dec.) former mayor of San Francisco Rose Aguilar, journalist Brother Alfred Brousseau '28 (dec.) mathematician, wrote on the Fibonacci numbers. The recently built science building is named after him. Adam Caporn, former Gaels men's basketball player, former Australian international, and current men's basketball assistant coach (left after sophomore year to play professionally in Australia). Mark Curtis (broadcaster) '12 Doctorate of Education. News anchor, reporter, author and political analyst at WLNE-TV ABC 6 Providence, Rhode Island. Formerly of KTVU-TV2 Oakland. Matthew Dellavedova '13, current shooting guard for the men's basketball team and Australian international. Don Ferrarese, professional baseball player, 1955 to 1962. Robert Hass '63, Poet Laureate of the United States, 1995�97 Carl Wu '74, Scientist Emeritus, National Cancer Institute; Member, National Academy of Sciences John F. Henning, '38, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation and U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand Ken Hofmann '45, former owner, Oakland Athletics; developer Harry Hooper 1907 (dec.), National Baseball Hall of Fame Bill Howerton, professional baseball player in Major League Baseball J. J. Jelincic, CalPERS Board Member (elected), former President of the California State Employees Association John Henry Johnson '53, Pro Football Hall of Fame Frank Kudelka, '48, Former NBA player Mickey McConnell, '11, WCC Player of the Year, Mid Major All-American, professional basketball player, 31st round pick in 2011 MLB draft Bob Ladouceur '89, head football coach, De La Salle High (Concord), holder of longest high school winning streak (151 games) Tony Martin '35, entertainer; member, Hollywood Walk of Fame Tom Meschery '61, pro and college basketball great; teacher and poet George P. Miller 1912 (dec.), Member of Congress from California, 1945�1973 Patty Mills, All-American point guard, NBA player playing for the San Antonio Spurs (entered NBA draft after junior year) Don Perata '67, President Pro Tempore and Senator, California State Senate, 1998�2008 (President Pro Tempore 2004�2008) Greg Reyes '84, former Chairman & CEO, Brocade Communication; ownership group, San Jose Sharks Susan Manheimer Chief of Police,San Mateo,Ca Tracee Talavera '90, gymnastics national champion, Olympic medalist, and USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame member Tom Candiotti '80 Major League knuckleball pitcher for five teams Von Hayes '81 Major League All-Star outfielder and minor league manager Mark Teahen '02 Major League Baseball third baseman Catriona Harris '00 Managing Partner, Uproar PR Tami Reller M.B.A. Chief Marketing Officer and Chief Financial Officer,Microsoft Windows Pete Constant M.A. Councilman for the First District,City of San Jose,Ca Troy L. Nunley B.A. United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California Rick Tittle '88, Sports broadcaster Bob Delaney M.A. Former N.B.A. Referee Kristine A. Snow M.B.A. President,Cisco Capital James M. Guyette B.A.,President and Chief Executive Officer,Rolls Royce North America Gregory Ahern B.A., 22nd and current Sheriff of Alameda County,Ca Manuel Martinez Jr. Chief of Police,Daly City,Ca Mary Saxon M.A.,Partner,Consumer Markets Practice, Heidrick and Struggles Executive Search Firm Diamon Simpson, basketball player LaDonna Harris M.A.,Chief Probation Officer,Alameda County,Ca John McPartland B.A.,Director of the 5th District, Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors Scott VermeerM.A./B.A., Chief of Police and Assistant City Manager of Public Safety,Mountain View,Ca Dave Spiller M.A.,Chief of Police,Pleasanton,Ca Kelly McMillin B.A.,Chief of Police,Salinas,Ca Paul T. Wible Senior Executive Vice President,National Finance Group, Bank of the West Andrew Bidou B.A.,Chief of Police Benicia,Ca Robert E. Doyle B.A. General Manager, East Bay Regional Park District



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